Many people believe that drinking a glass of milk will help their heartburn. I can remember my grandmother telling us a glass of warm milk could help us with anything from having problems going to sleep to easing a sour stomach.
The truth is, drinking that glass of milk could have the opposite effect when it comes to nighttime heartburn. Eating anything too close to bedtime, especially if we overeat, can cause excess production of stomach acid. This in turn can cause heartburn.
Many people still swear by the soothing effects of drinking milk before bed. While milk may appear to ease the burn of acid reflux initially, there may be a rebound action later when this same milk triggers the production of stomach acid.
There are ways, however, of easing nighttime heartburn. One way is to eat a smaller meal at dinner, and not going to bed for two to three hours after eating.
For more tips on controlling nighttime heartburn, you can read this article on lessening nighttime heartburn.
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